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Operation Lifesaver Train Promotes Crossing and Pedestrian Safety in Arizona August 17

Omaha, Neb., August 14, 2009 – A special passenger train is making a stop in Yuma, Ariz., over Union Pacific railroad lines August 17 to promote highway-railroad crossing and pedestrian safety through a program called Operation Lifesaver.

Operation Lifesaver is the nationwide, non-profit public safety education and outreach program designed to eliminate collisions, deaths and injuries where streets and roads cross railroad tracks at grade and on railroad rights of way.

Community leaders, law enforcement officers and education officials will be learning about highway-railroad grade crossing safety.  As guests on specially equipped passenger cars, they will have a rare opportunity to see what train crew members see because video cameras are mounted in the locomotive cabs broadcasting to television monitors in the passenger cars.

"This special train is just one way we can work to educate and call attention to highway-railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety," said Jim Farmer, Jr., Union Pacific director of transportation services, Western Region. "We always look for unique ways to deliver our safety message to the general public and civic leaders."

During the train's tour, the stop will be made at the following Arizona location:

Monday, Aug. 17

  • Yuma, 7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
    Boarding location: Mt. Zion Church, 2445 East 24th Street, 7:00 a.m.
    Target location: East 24th St. & South Avenue 3 East (just north of 24th St., where the Union Pacific tracks intersect with Avenue 3)

In addition to civic and education leaders learning about highway-railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety, law enforcement officers review "Officer on the Train" activities.

"Officer on the Train" one part of the Operation Lifesaver program, provides police officers the opportunity to ride on trains and observe motorist behavior at highway-railroad grade crossings.  If a motorist violates the grade crossing traffic laws, the police officer on the train radios to an officer near the crossing, who can issue the motorist a citation and offer railroad crossing safety advice that could save a life.

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Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico.

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